Effects of Monarch Larval Host Plant Chemistry and Body Size on Polistes Wasp Predation

@inproceedings{Rayor2007EffectsOM,
  title={Effects of Monarch Larval Host Plant Chemistry and Body Size on Polistes Wasp Predation},
  author={Linda S. Rayor},
  year={2007}
}
Predatory wasps exert a major selective force on lepidopteran larvae (Montllor and Bernays 1993; Raveret Richter 2000). The social paper wasps (Vespidae: Polistes spp.) specialize on lepidopteran larvae, which they capture to feed to their developing carnivorous larvae. The wasps are generalist predators, capturing whatever larval prey is abundant and sufficiently palatable. Because the adults feed solely on nectar, their foraging behavior for prey is dictated by the nutritional requirements of… CONTINUE READING